NASA Center Director Nominated to Lead National Reconnaissance Office

Chris Scolese has been director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center since March 2012.

Charge: Bill Hrybyk/NASA Goddard

WASHINGTON — The White House has chosen a longtime NASA centre director and former acting secretary to be the next manager of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

In an announcement Feb. 7, the White House announced it had been nominating Chris Scolese, the director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, to be the next NRO director. When confirmed by the Senate, then he would succeed current manager Betty Sapp.

Scolese became manager of Goddard at March 2012 following Rob Strain left the bureau to combine Ball Aerospace. Scolese had worked in NASA Headquarters as chief engineer and the agency administrator.

As associate administrator, the highest-ranking civil service position at NASA, Scolese became acting secretary in January 2009 when Mike Griffin left the agency at the close of the administration of President George W. Bush. Until the Senate supported the nomination of Charlie Bolden scolese functioned as secretary for half a year\.

Scolese worked in various places at Goddard and NASA Headquarters earlier in his career, primarily involving Earth science courses. Before joining NASA in 1987 he served as an officer at the U.S. Navy focusing on classified programs and worked as a civilian in the Defense Department and the General Research Corporation.

Scolese’s assortment, who’s worked for most of his career, represents a substantial change. Sapp, as an example, was an Air Force officer who later worked for the Central Intelligence Agency and has been chief deputy director of the NRO before becoming manager of the workplace 2012.

\However, wouldn’t be the primary NASA official. Hans Mark, director of the NRO from the overdue 1970s, was previously the manager of NASA’s Ames Research Center. Mark, who afterwards became Secretary of the Air Force, returned to NASA from the early 1980s to be deputy administrator.

This narrative was supplied by SpaceNews, dedicated to covering all aspects of the space industry.


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